National Newswatch

‘Social movement’: Alberta’s energy ‘war room’ planning broad new ad campaign

Sep 1 2021 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Alberta's Canadian Energy Centre appears ready to be vocal again, planning a new campaign to "change perceptions" about the province's oil and gas industry and build what it's calling a social movement in its support. One year after the province's United Conservative government ended the controversial agency's outreach during the COVID-19 pandemic, the […]

Canadian coal company appeals tough U.S. selenium rule as provinces consider mines

Aug 28 2021 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — A Canadian coal-mining giant is fighting new American environmental rules that tighten restrictions on the release of a contaminant toxic to fish.  On Aug. 13, Teck Resources petitioned Montana to rescind a rule brought in last fall that dramatically cuts acceptable levels of selenium in Lake Koocanusa, a reservoir crossing the U.S.-Canada border that takes […]

‘Steer the market’: Study finds $23B in federal, provincial pipeline support

Jul 6 2021 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Taxpayer dollars are heavily distorting Canada's financial marketplace in favour of fossil fuel pipelines, new research suggests. The International Institute for Sustainable Development says spending by provincial and federal governments combined with the value of loan guarantees and other fiscal instruments intended to help get the lines built is worth a total of $23 billion.  […]

Ottawa adds another Alberta coal project to federal environmental assessment list

Jun 29 2021 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Environmental groups and First Nations say they are pleased the federal government is adding another proposed coal mine in Alberta's Rocky Mountains to the list of projects it will review. "This decision should be applauded by all who believe environmental assessments should be inclusive, participatory processes,” said a statement from Ian Urquhart of the Alberta […]

‘Extremely extreme’: High temps push western wildfire risk into uncharted territory

Jun 28 2021 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Forestry experts hope clear, blue skies hold over Western Canada as unprecedented hot weather pushes wildfire risks to levels just as record-breaking.  "The silver lining to this current heat wave thus far is that it's so hot and it's such a stable atmosphere that it's suppressing lightning activity," University of Alberta wildfire scientist Mike Flannigan […]

U.S. senator wants Canada on religious freedom watch list over pastor COVID arrests

Jun 25 2021 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — A U.S. senator has asked that Canada be investigated for violating religious freedom over the arrests of Alberta pastors accused of flouting COVID-19 restrictions. In a letter released Thursday, Missouri Republican Josh Hawley asked his country's Commission on International Religious Freedom to consider putting Canada on its special watch list. "I am troubled […]